(Danehill - Mira Adonde)
Coolmore Stud has announced that Danehill Dancer (Ire) (Danehill - Mira Adonde, by Sharpen Up) has been retired from stud duties. Coolmore stated that 21-year-old’s fertility has been declining steadily over the past number of years and he failed to impregnate any mares this covering season.
In his 16 crops, Danehill Dancer sired five champions, 81 graded black-type winners and 154 black-type winners with total earnings of $118,627,252. Amongst his top progeny are Mastercraftsman (Ire) - winner of the G1 St. James’s Palace Stakes - and Choisir (Aus) - Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in Australia, who have both become successful sires in their own right. The dual Group 1 winner was Champion Sire in Britain and Ireland in 2009 and Champion Sire of 2-Year-Olds on three occasions.
“Danehill Dancer has been a terrific stallion over the years,” said Coolmore’s Christy Grassick. “Starting out at a lowly fee he continually upgraded his mares and ultimately became a major force in European and Australian breeding. From 2010 onwards he began to show declining fertility, but his continued success on the racecourse, in particular Dancing Rain’s 2011 Epsom Oaks victory, encouraged breeders to remain loyal to him. We would like to thank all those breeders who persevered with him in the full knowledge that their mare might eventually be switched to another stallion.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News